October 15, 2012
The death penalty is a topic that is hotly debated among people all over the country. People tend to feel very strongly one way or the other. The United States is in the minority as far countries that still practice the death penalty go (Messerli). Some people believe this is a barbaric practice that is below the civilized culture of The United States. Other people believe that death serves as a far better deterrent to would be criminals than life in prison. Be that as it may, each of the 50 states gets to decide for themselves whether or not they will participate in capital punishment. Pro death penalty debaters argue that capital punishment is a stronger deterrent, saves money and frees up the court systems, and saves the lives of those who could be harmed by life sentence serving inmates with “nothing to lose.” Anti-death penalty debaters argue that it is not ok to murder a murderer no matter what the circumstances, that innocent people would inevitably be killed, and that it would not be any more of a deterrent to someone willing to kill than life in prison would be. Both sides have valid points. There are ways to compromise and alleviate the concerns and arguments of the anti-death penalty group. Only pursuing the death penalty in cases that have DNA evidence would be a way to eliminate fear of executing innocent people. The death penalty is just and needed, but it is not applied fairly in all situations in The United States. There are some crimes far too heinous and some criminals far too disturbed to ever be rehabilitated. There are some criminals that simply are a danger to everyone around them, whether those are their neighbors outside of prison walls or their cell mates inside prison walls. Crime within the American prison system remains high. Drugs, stealing, and murder all happen behind bars, just as they do in the outside world. Prisoners, who are serving a life sentence with no possibility of...
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